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International-Style Pilsener

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Location: Other
Category: Lager
BJCP Comparable Category: 2A - International Pale Lager

Style Description

This is the description of how the International-Style Pilsener style of beer should taste, feel and look. However, there may be perfectly fine beers in this style that fall outside of these ranges and descriptions. This information is just to show the most commonly accepted ranges for the International-Style Pilsener beer style.

These beers are often brewed with rice, corn, wheat, or other grains. Sugar adjuncts may also be used.

  • Color: Straw to pale
  • Body: Low to medium
  • Malt Flavors & Aromas: Residual malt aroma and flavor may be present at low levels
  • Hop Flavors & Aromas: Low
  • IBUs/Bitterness: Low to medium
  • Fermentation Characteristics: Very low levels of DMS aroma and flavor are acceptable. Fruity esters and diacetyl should not be present.
  • Common Ingredients: Two- or six-row barley. May use rice, corn, or sugar as adjuncts, or may be all malt
  • Commercial Examples: Asahi Super Dry, Birra Moretti, Corona Extra, Devils Backbone Gold Leaf Lager, Full Sail Session Premium Lager, Heineken, Red Stripe, Singha

Brewing Properties of International-Style Pilsener

These are the functional brewing properties of International-Style Pilsener beers, as descided by the Brewers Association. These guidelines reflect, as accurately as possible, the historical significance, authenticity or a common profile in the current commercial beer market.

The alcohol by volume is shows the amount of alcohol this style of beer should have.
4.6 - 5.3%
The International Bittering Units (IBU) scale is used to approximately quantify the actual (not perceived) bitterness of beer.
17 - 30 IBUs
SRM is a scale for measuring the color intensity of a beer. Low SRM grains impart a pale straw color while higher values mean it will add a darker color to the wort. Learn more »
3 - 4 SRM
(6 - 8 EBC)
Original Gravity
Original Gravity (OG) is a measure of the sugar content in the wort before alcoholic fermentation has started to produce the beer.
1.044 - 1.050
Final Gravity
The Final Gravity (FG) is how much sugar is left over in the beer when fermentation is complete.
1.008 - 1.010

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Based on Brewers Association 2020 Beer Style Guidelines with changes. Used with permission of Brewers Association.